Onjefu Adoga Esq.

Brooke Chambers is a full service law firm based in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Our practice areas covers financial law services, business and investment laws, infrastructure law, natural resources law, maritime law, human resources law and general litigation practice.

Work Experience:

Member: Nigerian Bar Association (NBA): 26 years post call. Member International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA). Capital Market Operator licensed by SEC. Notary Public appointed by Supreme Court. Member ABA Section of International Law, ABA Business Law Section, ABA Real Estate Section. ABA Torts & Trial Practice Section, Member: ABA Intl Legal Resource Center (ILRC). Steering Committee member, ABA SIL Immigration Section, Development Consultant-DEVEX and Development Aid. Recipient International Who is Who of Professionals. Nominee Nigerian Legal Awards 2015, Nominee: African Law Digest Awards 2016. Vice Chair. ABA SIL Intl Refugee Law Committee.

Some of current clientele base in Nigeria are:

Brooke Chambers renders legal consultancy services to several Federal Government of Nigeria agencies namely:  National Assembly, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, National Pension Commission, Nigerian. Electricity Reg. Commission, Nigeria Export Promotion Commission, Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigeria National Petroleum Corp., Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), Infrastructure Concession & Reg. Commission, Infrastructure Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigerian Maritime Admin. &Safety Agency, Nigerian Shippers Council, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria. Deposit Insurance Corporation, Legal Aid Council, Federal Housing Authority, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, African Development Bank, Nigeria Export-Import Bank, First Bank Union Bank, UBA, Guaranty Trust Bank, UAC, Mobil Oil Nigeria, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Shell Petroleum, MTN, etc.

The salient details of our maritime law services are sale and alienation of ships and vessels, marine insurance law, recovery of cargo and claims, cabotage law and permits, maritime law administration, ports administration, customs laws, import and export laws, shipping permits and laws, ship  arrest, ship registration, ship detention, laytime and demurage, personal injury, maritime litigation etc.

 

Emmanuel Ekpenyong Esq.

Emmanuel graduated from the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2006 and the Nigerian Law School with a Second Class (Upper Division) respectively. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in November, 2007 and joined Strachan Partners, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria in September 2009. In October 2011, he moved from Lagos to Abuja to establish and manage the Abuja practice of the firm. In 2014, he joined other partners to establish Fred-young & Evans LP, a full service commercial law firm and Fred-young Recoveries, an international debt collection firm.

Emmanuel is experienced in recovery of diverse debts across borders. He has been engaged in prominent commercial litigations at the High and appellate courts and has acted as counsel in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He is involved in several public interest litigations like the suit by some Federal law makers in Nigeria against the Federal Government on the constitutionality of the Excess Crude Account and the recent suit to compel the Attorney General of Federation of Nigeria to promulgate an order and rules for effective enforcement of foreign judgments in Nigeria.

Emmanuel has represented trade unions in labor related disputes and has negotiated Collective Agreements on behalf of Employers. He is exposed to Nigeria’s corporate and intellectual property practice and advises both foreign and local clients on foreign investments, due diligence, business formation and corporate governance.  He has represented foreign hospitals, financial institutions, oil servicing, real estate, steel manufacturing and construction firms in Nigeria.

Emmanuel has authored several international publications on alternative dispute resolution and arbitration, debt collection and insolvency, enforcement of local and foreign judgments and arbitral awards, intellectual property, employment law and labor relations, telecommunications, real estate and construction. Mondaq awarded him Contributor with Most Popular Article in Nigeria in November 2015, May and June 2017 and Contributor with Most Reader Response in Nigeria in November 2015, January, February, April 2016, March and June 2017. He is profiled as a National Expert in Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring, Insolvency and Copyright. ACQ5 awarded him, Gamechanger of the year, 2017.

Emmanuel is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitration, United Kingdom, Abuja Chapter, Member of International Association of Managing Partners, Legal Adviser and a Board Member of Children and Young People Living for Peace in Nigeria, a non-profit youth movement for good governance and the welfare of young persons in Nigeria. He is currently a postgraduate student of International Business Law at the University of Liverpool. He is listed as a foreign associate with James Ling Attorney at Law, China.

Fred-young & Evans LP:

Fred-young & Evans LP is a full service commercial law firm in Nigeria dedicated to providing both local and international clients with prompt and effective legal services within the ethical standards of the legal profession. We offer an array of legal services in support of our clients. We consistently proffer commercially focused, time and cost effective as well as result oriented legal advice to challenging commercial transactions and disputes. Our clients benefit from a firm small enough to allow easy access to all of its lawyers and large enough to guarantee excellence and speedy response to challenging legal problems. Our watchwords are integrity, distinction and professionalism.

Our firm is divided into 3 practice groups, namely; Dispute Resolution, Corporate/Commercial and Intellectual property Groups. Our Dispute Resolution Group represents the firm in negotiation and mediation towards resolving commercial disputes. They represent clients in commercial, civil, labor disputes before all courts and administrative tribunals in Nigeria. The Group also represents clients in intellectual property matters such as enforcement of intellectual property rights and defending claims of intellectual property infringements at the trademark/patent tribunal.

Our Corporate/Commercial Group provide consultation on corporate and commercial law matters, including formation of businesses and subsidiaries of foreign companies, joint ventures, share purchase agreement, transfer of technology, company formation in offshore jurisdiction, initial public offers, acquisitions, mergers and power projects. The Group offer advice on fiscal incentives and tax exemptions for new businesses and legal protection for foreign investors. The Group conducts due diligence searches and regularly advises companies on change in government policies in relation to their businesses. They advise clients on the legal and regulatory regime in the budding sectors of Nigerian economy and the procedure for obtaining relevant approvals and certificates for investments in the Nigerian market.

Our Intellectual Property Group provide legal services in intellectual property matters such as registration of trademarks, copyrights, patents, designs. They also engage in franchise distributorship, agency and license agreements. They identify infringements of various intellectual property rights and offer advice on protection of such rights both domestically and internationally.

We collaborate with China Law Firm, Guangdong on Nigerian-Chinese cases. We contributed to Getting the Deal Through: Copyright 2016 and Restructuring & Insolvency 2016 and 2017. We also contributed to Corporate Livewire’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Expert Guide, Virtual Roundtable on Bankruptcy & Restructuring 2016 and on Intellectual Property 2017. We contributed to Financier Worldwide, Bankruptcy & Restructuring 2017. We make regular contributions on Lexology on Restructuring & Insolvency and Mergers & Acquisitions.

We are listed at Inter-law IP Law and QuantifyIP directories. Our firm is a Member of International Credit Exchange and partners with CCI Credit Management, United Kingdom and Alpha & Leader Risks and Assets Management Company Limited on international debt collection. We are the sole Commercial Litigation Expert in reputable networks of law firms such as IR Global, Global Law Experts and Legal Finest. We are listed on Legal 500. ACQ5 awarded our firm Copyright Law Firm of the Year Nigeria, 2017 and Restructuring & Insolvency Law Firm of the Year, Nigeria, 2017. From our offices at Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, we have established a working relationship with attorneys in major cities throughout Africa, Asia and Europe.

 

Afam Francis Nwokedi

STILLWATERS is an award winning leading law firm that specialises in corporate and commercial, intellectual property (IP) law, taxation and dispute resolution/litigation. The firm operates from the commercial cities of Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, with extended IP practice is Angola and under the OAPI dispensation.

Our mission is to meet the needs of our clients by providing quality legal representation on a cost effective basis.

Professionalism, flexibility and innovation are the hallmark of our practice. We value professional excellence, outstanding result and realise they both require creativity and hard work. We strive to gain every legal advantage for our clients while upholding the principles behind the practice of the law.

From corporate commercial contracts, media rights mergers, sport licensing, corporate income tax, copyright issues, due diligence to general trademark/patent administration, infringement, passing-off, anti-counterfeiting, piracy technology transfer, joint venture, dispute resolution, litigation and enforcement, practice representative clients include over 600 clients including foreign and local multinationals, publicly quoted companies, financial institutions, industries, small and medium-size businesses and private entrepreneurs. We are adequately equipped and well positioned to meet the challenges of legal practice in this ever-changing technological age. Whether a client’s matter is small or large, we strive always to provide the individual attention and quality service that has helped many of our clients to grow with us over the years.

 

Bayo Ojo

Bayo Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria is the founder and senior partner of Bayo Ojo and Company, a firm of legal practitioners in Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Lagos in June 1977 where he obtained his LL.B and was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1978. He started his Law practice before obtaining his LL.M from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London in 1982. He also obtained a Certificate in Legal Drafting from the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London and a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

He is a fellow of the same Institute, and a Chartered Arbitrator. Bayo Ojo is a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice of Nigeria, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, past Chairman of the Nigerian branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and past Chairman of the Legal Aid Board of Nigeria (1999-2004). He is a former member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations in Geneva and currently a member of Council of the Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association and the Trustee representing Africa on the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He is a member of the panel of ICSID in Washington DC and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague, Netherlands.

Chief Bayo Ojo has extensive experience in all aspects of Corporate and Commercial law in the course of his career and he has advised on several major transactions including joint ventures acquisition and mergers. He has also acted as counsel, sole arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in quite a number of domestic and International Arbitrations.

Arbitration Law Practice:

The company handles all kinds of dispute resolution including the various forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation particularly in the corporate, commercial, industrial, construction and financial disciplines. Our approach to resolution of any dispute, whether it is determined by negotiation, mediation or arbitration, is to reach an acceptable and advantageous solution as soon as possible.

Bayo Ojo & Co:

Our firm which has existed for twenty nine years is recognized both locally and internationally as a dynamic law firm with an unwavering commitment to integrity, professionalism and delivery of services with skills of distinction and innovative approach to meet the needs of different clients.

The firm enjoys a reputation of adding value to transactions by advising on the structure, merits and strategy of such transactions and using its network of local and international contacts to recognise and identify opportunities for its clients. Changing times require adaptation of skills and the introduction of new services, therefore our firm is constantly restructuring and repositioning its abilities and resources to ensure that it is able to furnish clients with the widest range of quality skills and services.

Dr. Wale Babalakin

Dr Babalakin is the principal partner of Babalakin & Co. He attended the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he obtained an LLB (Hons) in 1981. Thereafter, he proceeded to the University of Cambridge, where he obtained an LLM in 1983 and a PhD in 1986. He was a commonwealth scholar of the University of Cambridge, 1984-1986. Dr Wale Babalakin was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1982 and conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2002.

He was also conferred with the national honour of officer of the federal republic (OFR), in February 2008. In 2007, he was appointed as the honorary special adviser on legal matters and general counsel to the former president of the federal republic of Nigeria, late Alhaji Musa Yar’dua. Dr Babalakin is a member of the body of benchers, which is the highest legal body regulating the affairs of legal practitioners in Nigeria. He has acted in high-profile commercial arbitrations proceedings and civil litigations in disputes arising from various sectors of the Nigerian economy. He has conducted trials and appeals in all our courts, from the courts of first to the Supreme Court in matters of significant constitutional national importance and equally in commercial transactions that cut across the entire gamut of Nigeria’s economy- construction, real estate, oil and gas, telecoms, maritime, aviation, banking and financing.

Dr Babalakin has worked with federal and several state governments in conceptualising transactions to support the development of infrastructure and investment in the country. He led the team of legal consultants to a state government for the building of an international airport in Nigeria, a multimillion-dollar project. He is currently leading the team representing a state government in an arbitration claim arising therefrom. Dr Babalakin led the team of lawyers who represented the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in a $100 million dollar claim in arbitral proceedings for the determination of contractual rights and obligations of the corporation. Dr Babalakin also led the team of lawyers in a landmark election petition case that resulted in the appointment of one of Nigeria’s senate presidents. He is a much sought-after speaker in the Nigerian legal profession and has presented so many papers at seminars, conferences and workshops in Nigeria and abroad on topical issues of law.

Douglas Okojie

Douglas is a Legal Practitioner, Associate Partner and head of the finance practice group of Advocaat Law Practice a commercial law firm in Lagos. He has close to a decade experience in funding raising, deal structuring and investment. His experience cuts across several industries and sectors of the Nigerian economy including but not limited to the oil and gas, power, health and construction sectors.
He started his legal career as an Associate in the firm Marine Partners. He thereafter joined PanAfrican Capital Plc as a Legal Analyst where he garnered considerable experience in fund raising, deal structuring and investment.
Douglas was legal adviser to the local fund arranger that handled the acquisition of 5 out of the 6 electricity distribution company. He also advised the private equity firm that established the Amber Residence Limited (a 3 star hotel managed by the African Sun brand).
Areas of Focus
Corporate and Commercial Law with special focus on : Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Structured finance, Banking and Secured credit.
Education
Ambrose Ali University, Nigeria (LL.B)
Nigerian Law School (BL)